Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer is a children’s author. He has written 59 books in total, many of them set in the world of sport. His three Puffin series – Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad – and other books have been translated into twelve languages. He is the author of the ongoing Roy of the Rovers fiction series, published by Rebellion.

Tom’s history books with Barrington Stoke include Armistice Runner and D-Day Dog, both multi-award winning titles, voted for by children, with Armistice Runner winning the UK Children’s Book Award 2019. In the same year, he was awarded the Ruth Rendell Award for services to literacy by the National Literacy Trust. In 2020 D-Day Dog won the UK Children’s Book Award. His most recent books, Arctic Star and Resist have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. He has also been published by Egmont, HarperCollins, Mainstream and Scholastic. Tom works regularly with partners such as the Premier League, the RFU and several football clubs, using the power of the game to encourage children to read for pleasure and growth mindset. He also partners with Anne Frank Trust and the Fairtrade Foundation, as well as being children’s writer in residence for the RAF Museums and Leeds United FC.

Tom has sold over 800,000 books and is a huge favourite with public libraries. He works tirelessly to promote reading for pleasure in schools and his books are frequently chosen by Booktrust, the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency for their promotions.


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